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Smithtown Students Survive at Sea

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As part of a recent science lesson, students at Accompsett Middle School participated in a “lost at sea” lesson with their classmates. According to teacher Lou Mincieli, the activity involved being stranded at sea with 15 various items. Students must prioritize what is most important in order from 1 to 15. “After the group comes up with their priorities, I give them the official answers from the U.S. Coast Guard,” he said. “They take the difference between those two numbers and then calculate a score similar to golf; the lower the better. To survive, they need to score 70 or below.”

This lesson helped the students working in pairs or small groups getting used to their classmates and working while socially distancing outdoors.